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Alfred Schnittke (Composer)

Born: 24th November 1934, Engels, Russia

Died: 3rd August 1998, Hamburg, Germany

Nationality: German Soviet

Alfred Garrievich Schnittke was a Soviet and German composer.

Schnittke's early music shows the strong influence of Dmitri Shostakovich. He developed a polystylistic technique in works such as the epic Symphony No. 1 (1969–1972) and his first concerto grosso (1977). In the 1980s, Schnittke's music began to become more widely known abroad with the publication of his second (1980) and third (1983) string quartets and the String Trio (1985); the ballet Peer Gynt (1985–1987); the third (1981), fourth (1984), and fifth (1988) symphonies; and the viola concerto (1985) and first cello concerto (1985–1986).

Further Reading: Schnittke

 Interview, Leonard Elschenbroich on Musica Nostalgica

The German cellist talks to Katherine about his disc of Schnittke, released on Onyx last month.

 Recording of the Week, Schnittke from Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

James listens to Alfred Schnittke's bold, polystylistic Third Symphony, performed by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Vladimir Jurowski.

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